What are the types of hair loss?
Some types of hair loss are permanent, while others are temporary. The most common types of hair loss include:
Androgenic alopecia: This type of hereditary baldness can affect anyone (male pattern baldness or hair loss in women).
Alopecia areata: Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that results in hair loss from the head and body.
Telogen effluvium: This type of hair loss involves rapid shedding of hair in a short amount of time. It typically happens a few months after your body goes through something physically or emotionally stressful. It can also result from sudden hormonal changes.
Anagen effluvium: This very rapid hair loss occurs due to certain medical treatments, such as chemotherapy.
What causes hair loss?
Hair loss has many possible causes. The most common include:
What are the symptoms of hair loss?
People experience hair loss in different ways, depending on the type of hair loss and what’s causing it. Common symptoms include:
How is hair loss treated?
If your hair loss results from medication, hormonal imbalances, thyroid disease or diet, your provider will address the cause. Correcting the underlying problem is often all that’s needed to help stop hair loss.
Most hair loss treatments are meant to help with androgenic alopecia (male and female pattern hair loss). These treatments include:
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